When Roman politician Caelius inherits a stable of gladiators, there is one who captures his attention above the others...one whose eyes gleam with hate, pride and desire.
Forced into slavery by Roman greed, Gaidres can barely conceal his contempt toward his new Dominus. Gaidres has a plan: kill Caelius and end the lineage of the Roman family that enslaved him. For his plan to succeed, he must make a show of respect and obedience—even when called on to service his master's desires.
Gaidres is shocked to learn that in the confines of his quarters, Caelius doesn't want to dominate his slave, but to be taken by him. The sex is explosive as they break society's taboos and, to Gaidres's dismay, they form a tenuous relationship. Even when Caelius learns of Gaidres's plans for revenge, he knows he can't live without his perfect lover. Is he willing to risk it all to tame his gladiator's heart?
“Holy. Crap. This book is hot. As in, I need a cold shower RIGHT NOW hot. You may have picked up on the fact that is was highly sexy, but it had a real story too. The characters were empathetic and fleshed out; there was action and emotion. It was everything you'd hope for in a m/m gladiator book (<--I don't get to say that every day.) If it sounds like your cup of tea, I'd definitely recommend it. Yum. 4 1/2 stars.” Jen @ Red Hot Books
“ My feelings about the world of the novel are pretty easy to convey: loved it. It was fun, intricate with a spider-web of hidden agendas and so called political intentions, and spiced with the conflict that the Roman Empire couldn't help but provoke. We're talking slaves, gladiators that will fight till death for public entertainment, wild passions, and loss... What I also loved about their dynamics is the emotional connection, and its beautiful effect on them both.” L.E. @ Amazon
“The story and the characters that Sutherland and Labbe have created here pretty much rocked my world... a rich, vibrant read with fabulous characters. And then there was the plot twist. I didn't see that one coming and it literally shook me, it developed so fast and had such massive and wide-spread ramifications. I was taken completely by surprise, having thought the book was going in a different direction entirely. There's something so rewarding about being taken by surprise in a book, especially when you read as much as I. It's one of my favorite things. As close to a perfect read as any book I’ve tried...” Tracy @ One Good Book Deserves Another